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The Prius offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The e-Golf doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The Prius’ driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The e-Golf doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Prius and the e-Golf have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Prius the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 101 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The e-Golf has not been tested, yet.
Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Prius for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Volkswagen doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the e-Golf.
There are over 89 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Prius’ warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Volkswagen is ranked 16th.
The Prius’ maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel is 655.4 miles, after which it can be refueled at any gas station in minutes. The e-Golf’s range is only 125 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 1 hour for only a 80% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not available in most areas. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 26 hours.
The Prius stops shorter than the e-Golf:
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction, the Prius XLE/Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the e-Golf (215/45R17 vs. 205/55R16).
The Prius XLE/Limited’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the e-Golf’s 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Prius XLE/Limited has standard 17-inch wheels. The e-Golf’s largest wheels are only 16-inches.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Prius’ wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the e-Golf (106.3 inches vs. 103.5 inches).
The Prius Limited handles at .90 G’s, while the e-Golf pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Prius Limited executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the e-Golf (26.3 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s).
For better maneuverability, the Prius’ turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the e-Golf’s (33.5 feet vs. 35.8 feet). The Prius Limited/XLE FWD’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the e-Golf’s (35.4 feet vs. 35.8 feet).
The Toyota Prius may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 450 pounds less than the Volkswagen e-Golf.
The design of the Toyota Prius amounts to more than styling. The Prius has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .24 Cd. That is lower than the e-Golf (.27) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Prius get better fuel mileage.
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Prius a Mid-size car, while the e-Golf is rated a Compact.
The Prius has 1 inch more front headroom and 1.1 inches more front legroom than the e-Golf.
The Prius has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the e-Golf with its rear seat up (27.4 vs. 22.8 cubic feet). The Prius has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the e-Golf with its rear seat folded (65.5 vs. 52.7 cubic feet).
The Prius (except L/LE) offers an available heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The e-Golf doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
If the windows are left open on the Prius the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the e-Golf can’t use the remote to operate the windows.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Prius has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the e-Golf only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
The e-Golf SEL Premium’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Prius (except L/LE)’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Prius has standard extendable sun visors. The e-Golf doesn’t offer extendable visors.
On extremely cold winter days, the Prius XLE/Limited’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The e-Golf doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The Prius Limited’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The e-Golf’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Prius XLE/Limited has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The e-Golf doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
Insurance will cost less for the Prius owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Prius will cost $140 to $2430 less than the e-Golf over a five-year period.
The Prius will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Prius will retain 44.07% to 45.12% of its original price after five years, while the e-Golf only retains 32.73% to 35%.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Prius will be $8168 to $8396 less than for the Volkswagen e-Golf.
Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Prius as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.
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